By Shelly Shinebarger
I am not sure how to express in words how thankful I am to the Union community for all the support and encouragement we have received since Kristen’s first diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma in November 2010. There are no words to describe the sheer panic and agony a parent feels when they hear the word “cancer” in the same sentence with their child’s name. You feel isolated, scared and devastated. This was not supposed to happen to my family, my child, our lives. I always knew that Union was a great community, yet had no idea how much they would rally around my daughter as she fights this battle with cancer for the second time. The encouragement has come in so many ways and from so many people and departments that I don’t know where or how to begin.
Colleges Against Cancer sold yellow ribbons in Kristen’s honor and made an encouraging video. Union Athletics has developed a campaign called Kristen’s Kause to fundraise for her prosthetic leg. T-shirts are being sold and letters, cards and gifts come in the mail weekly to help Kristen’s spirits stay high.
My wonderful co-workers offer their help with whatever needs to be done. The support from the Union community is heartwarming and uplifting and helps our family feel strong and courageous in so many ways. We are determined to win this battle with Kristen and thank everyone for joining in our battle.
Sincerely, Shelly Shinebarger Director of Student Support Services